USA face off Mexico, on Thursday, as both sides look to test their strength in depth before the CONCACAF Gold Cup. To watch USA take on Mexico, free online stream link is mentioned at the end of this article.
With the match being played on a non FIFA matchday, players plying their trade in Europe will be unable to link up with their national team, thus providing a opportunity for the domestic players to stake their claim in the squad for the continental tournament later on in the year. Amidst all the UEFA Champions League news, the friendly has been the main talking point this week across the Atlantic ocean, as fans look for bragging rights till the tournament begins.
USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann continued with his experimentation for the friendly which has characterized his post World Cup squad selection. Klinsmann has called up four players from Liga MX, that includes the Mexico-eligible duo, goalkeeper William Yarbrough and defender Ventura Alvarado. One of the surprise selection was of striker Juan Agudelo, who after a long time has returned back in the squad.
Two European based players, Tottenham Hotspurs right-back DeAndre Yedlin and Bayern Munich’s loanee Julian Green, have been given permission to link up with their national team squad thanks to their inability to break in their starting eleven at either club. The squad, though, has nine players who were a part of the United States’ 2014 World Cup squad, but Jozy Altidore, is likely to sit out due to his red card in their previous friendly against Switzerland, while Clint Dempsey and Jermaine Jones will be forced to miss out due to their injuries.
Mexico will not be short of confidence despite not being able to beat USA in their last five meetings, they are on a strong run of form after the World Cup, winning six of eight games. And with the match being played Alamodome, San Antonio which is less than 200 kilometers to the Mexican border, one can expect a cracking atmosphere with the Mexicans flying in to cheer their team. One of the surprises in Mexico’s squad was that Mexico allowed Club America striker Oribe Peralta some time off for personal reasons.
The match between USA and Mexico will be held on Thursday 16th April from 06:30 am IST. The match will not be broadcasted in the Indian subcontinent. Fox Sports 1 USA will telecast the match across the United States.
Here’s the online live stream link for the match. Enjoy!!